How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

Digital Promise

Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow.

How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Otherwise, they will engage only when coerced.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Student Engagement and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

It will illustrate them in action through the work of practitioners and provide implementation strategies. Pillar #5: Student Engagement and Learning Many of us firmly believe in technology’s potential to transform the teaching and learning cultures of schools.

3 Student Engagement Strategies To Mathematize Any Activity

MIND Research Institute

Math is everywhere and in everything, but the math experiences that students are exposed to are often very limited. From worksheets and textbook problems, to activities that focus only on the calculations, many math experiences are not engaging to students in a dynamic way.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In his meta-analysis of over 300 research studies, John Hattie found that direct instruction has above average gains when it comes to student results, specifically an effect size of 0.59. To me, instruction is what the adult does whereas learning is what the student does.

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

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The post 5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious appeared first on TeachThought. Inquiry Student Engagement Terry Heick Experienced Teacher

High-Impact Instructional Strategies To Use Right Now

The Web20Classroom

Engagement versus effectiveness. Just because we see students engaged in learning might not mean actual effective learning is taking place. What are high-impact, effective instructional strategies? The most powerful feedback is given from the student to the teacher.

6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students

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6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students by Dr. Allen Mendler While stress caused by common core concerns has dominated the recent education landscape, dealing with difficult students remains the number one source of constant tension for most teachers.

The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time

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The post The Classroom Management Strategy That Works Every Time appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Student Engagement

Too Much Sitting? 5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

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5 Movement Strategies That Get Kids Thinking contributed by Kenny McKee Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning. 5 Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Middle & High School New Teacher Strategies Student EngagementToo Much Sitting?

3 strategies to keep students engaged in STEM

eSchool News

Rather, it is an instructional movement that embodies cross-curricular concepts from four fundamental disciplines, as well as a research-based strategy that addresses the future needs of a technology-driven work force and sustaining a global economy.


Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning


John McCarthy Student Engagement Key strategies to ensure student engagement include being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

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Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement. Educators believe that student engagement in the classroom is crucial to learning and that it can increase achievement and enrollment in challenging courses while decreasing dropout rates.

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement


When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries and prompt students to complete assignments, mimicking some of the tasks of a teaching assistant. Students have a lot of the same questions over and over again.

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement


Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. After class students complete written reflections about the book, with different types of questions serving multiple pedagogical goals.

Understanding Student Engagement


Effective 21st century educators are less concerned with running quiet, orderly classrooms, and more concerned with meeting the needs of every student and inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Read on for takeaways, strategies, and resources to take back to your district.

Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement


For anyone involved in education, the importance of engagement is clear. And the need for both student engagement and buy-in cannot be overstated when it comes to device rollout. Engagement in the classroom matters. Focus on the students.

The Difference a Game Makes in Student Engagement [Video]

MIND Research Institute

It’s no secret that successfully engaging students requires educators to perform a tricky balancing act. Oversimplify a lesson and students may tune out, but plan a lesson that’s too challenging and students may become frustrated and give up.

Play Like a Pirate: Fun That Doubles Student Engagement

Fractus Learning

Part of several recent conversations that I’ve had with educators have focused on different levels of student engagement. We use this to get usable data from middle and high school students by asking them to select one quadrant that best describes each of their classes.

20 ideas for making thinking visible

Ditch That Textbook

Visible thinking strategies aim to do exactly what they say, help students demonstrate their thinking in a way that others can see and understand. Students may explain their thinking through discussion, model it with manipulatives, or create a drawing or sketch to explain or demonstrate their thinking. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching student engagement teaching visible thinking visible thinking in the classroom

3 Strategies To Promote Positive Reinforcement

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The post 3 Strategies To Promote Positive Reinforcement appeared first on TeachThought. Student Engagement classroom management General New Teacher

Alan November to host student engagement webinar

eSchool News

Students are not engaged in the classroom like they should be, and educators are searching for ways to bridge this gap to create the best learning environment for each of their students. Modern technologies are making it easier to engage students, but choosing the right technologies to support student engagement in the classroom is a difficult task, and one with an important goal: creating learner-centered environments in which students can thrive.

Three Ways to Increase Student Engagement in Reading

Reading By Example

The research is clear: If a student is not motivated to read and is not engaged in the text, all of the strategy instruction a teacher might provide may be for naught (Guthrie and Klauda, 2014; Ivey, 2014; Wanzek et al, 2014).

Three Ways to Increase Student Engagement in Reading

Reading By Example

The research is clear: If a student is not motivated to read and is not engaged in the text, all of the strategy instruction a teacher might provide may be for naught (Guthrie and Klauda, 2014; Ivey, 2014; Wanzek et al, 2014).

6 Brain-Based Teaching Strategies For Low-Stress Learning

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The post 6 Brain-Based Teaching Strategies For Low-Stress Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Student Engagement Experienced Teacher brain-based learning

Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions

Where Learning Clicks

Digital distractions are happening more and more in classrooms around the country, so we discuss ways to work to prevent them with your students. The post Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Retrieval Practice: A Strategy to Promote Successful Learning

Digital Promise

How can we foster and encourage successful learning, where students apply knowledge, build connections, think critically — and retain important knowledge over time? Students can discuss their takeaways in pairs, small groups, or one at a time.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

eSchool News

It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world.

6 administrators share strategies to gain — and maintain — student engagement

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FETC presenter Eric Sheninger is among the leaders who shares the right recipe for gaining strong student results in a variety of school environments. From design thinking to relevant lesson planning, these tactics have shown results in a variety of school environments. Read more at Education Dive. Uncategorized design-thinking FETC learning environments project-based learning school administrators

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

The Principal of Change

I know John is very thoughtful about his work, and has helped many educators embrace “Design Thinking” in their classrooms, in a way that is easy to connect with, yet powerful for students. The following are some of the benefits I have noticed when kids engage in design thinking.

A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration


Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board wanted to help teachers better engage students; to do this effectively, it needed clearer insight into teacher needs. The finished product was a highly personalized and engaging project-based course.

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How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture


I was in my fifth year of teaching at Forest Ridge, an independent all-girls school serving students in grades 5-12 in Bellevue, Wash., and I was feeling isolated in a room with students who didn’t seem to want to engage with my class, despite all my efforts to bring enthusiasm and passion to my work. The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Anonymous student.

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The Need for More Play in School

A Principal's Reflections

In many ways my kids engage in play in unique ways based on their personalities. On many nights it is common to see him with his headset on collaborating and communicating with kids his age from across the country utilizing thought and strategy to create a product that matters.

Incorporating Imagination into Learning

Where Learning Clicks

Inside the Classroom creativity imagination incorporating imagination into learning keeping students engaged Teaching StrategiesBrilliant ideas often come out of creative thoughts, so incorporating imagination into learning is a great way to spark ideas and make learning fun.

Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature


Teachers have been using the strategy for years because it blends independent work with the power of group work to extend learning. John Hattie even found that it was one of the only activities in his model that helped students acquire and consolidate both surface and deep knowledge.

Promoting and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

Where Learning Clicks

With continued advocacy for creativity in the classroom, here’s how you can promote and nurture creativity, and help turn it into a habit for students. Inside the Classroom creativity creativity in the classroom imagination keeping students engage Teaching Strategies

The 21-Day Challenge: Can you keep students engaged after the final exam?

Fractus Learning

Put off routine tasks (like passing back papers and taking attendance) until after students are engaged in a new assignment or discussion. No matter how much students beg, don’t give them free time or a movie day. Every day, I think about what my students need to know and why.

Use Classic Games to Ignite Student Engagement

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As a new middle school media specialist in a school that serves students in grades 5 through 8, I spent most of last year collaborating with Sara, our school's instructional technology facilitator. This model updates the library from a storehouse of information to a place where students can interact with information, learn 21st-century skills, and create content and materials in a whole new way. Student engagement was clear from the start.

Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning

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In my last blog post, Curation for Digital Learning , I detailed the reasons why schools and districts should engage in content curation to facilitate digital learning. The remaining strategies in this list should be included within the district’s overall plan for content curation.

This Teacher Makes Financial Literacy Personal for Students


But she was also a responsible moneymaker, using the envelope system to budget every cent before she knew it was an actual budgeting strategy. Her Personal Finance classes always reach their 28 student capacity.) What makes them so engaging for students?